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The brilliant Ready Cash colt, Brillantissime, will look to make amends for a last start costly gallop when he fronts for the Prix Paul Karle a 120 000 euro Group 2 race for 3YO males over 2100m at Vincennes' petite piste on Tuesday evening. Philippe Allaire's striking colt had been the star of the B-generation thus far but in the Criterium des Jeunes, the first of his generation's classiques or group one races he broke within spitting distance of the line as he loomed up alongside eventual winner Billie Montfort. Previously Brillantissime had won the first two group races of the crop, including the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in December and the following month prevailing in the Prix Maurice De Gheest the first of the generation's 3YO elite tests. His was handed his first major defeat in the Prix Paul Viel in mid February when he was third to Black d'Avril and Brutus de Bailly, who he will meet here again. But he was back to his brilliant best for all but the last 50 metres of the group one Criterium and is at short odds in early betting for the race and will be driven once again by regular pilot Jos Verbeeck. His greatest danger will be Oceano Nox colt Black d'Avril who has made the step up to group racing with aplomb for trainer Frederic Prat . He was third in the Critierium des Jeunes at his last start and of course won the Prix Paul Viel the start before that, after running third to Brillantissime in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the first of this year's group races in mid January - in his first group race. He will be driven by Mathieu Mottier. Master driver Jean Michel Bazire will be at the reins of Brutus de Bailly who was a fast finishing second last start in the Criterium des Juenes although some distance behind Billie de Montfort. The son of Niky is trained by Bruno Bourgoin. One who impressed early in his career is Franck Anne's stunning colt Bolide de Gueron who was one of the first to show promise of this crop. The long striding strapping son of Cygnus d'Odyssee won his first three races in commanding fashion and then was third in the Prix Emmanuel Margouty the only group race for 2YO colts in France and then ran fourth in both the Prix Maurice de Gheest and Prix Paul Viel. He led the Criterium des Jeunes until the turn into the straight where he broke under pressure and will be looking to return to the promise he showed earlier. Last start winner Bijou de Spinelly is making his first start in a group race after compiling a record of three wins and two seconds in just 8 starts. Yves Dreux' son of Diamant Gede won his first start at La Capelle in November and looks a promising colt. Jean Etienne Dubois also has a promising sort in Bixente a son of rising star sire Quaker Jet who was fourth in the Criterium des Jeunes in his last start, which was only his second time in group company. Best of Sly is one of three entrants in the field by first crop sensation Sam Bourbon (the others being Bioness and Bolero de Daidou) and was sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes. PRIX PAUL KARLE Vincenne 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3M 120, 000e 1 Bolero de Daidou (h Sam Bourbon - Djakarta) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Jean Francois Senet 2100 2 Bixente (h Quaker Jet - Ketty Mesloise) Dr: Jean Etienne Dubois Tr: Jean Etienne Dubois 2100 3 Bijou de Spinelly (h Diamant Gede - Nana Loving Fair) Dr: Yves Dreux Tr: Yves Dreux 2100 4 Black d'Avril (h Oceano Nox - Olivia d'Avril) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Frederic Prat 2100 5 Brillantissime (h Ready Cash - Ivre de Victoire ) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2100 6 Bioness (h Sam Bourbon - Quiradelle d'Hilly) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 2100 7 Best of Sly (h Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Dr: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 8 Bolide de Gueron (h Cygnus d'Odyssee - Olivia) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 9 Brutus de Bailly (h Niky - Ninon de Bailly) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 2100 10 Bots Dub's (h Rolling d'Heripre - Plus de Melody) Dr: Philippe Guyard Tr: Philippe Guyard 2100 11 Bernador (h Gobernador - Richlyly) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Ã…ke Kristoffersson 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

The undoubted filly star of the class of 2011, Billie de Montfort will be at very short odds to win the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Masina for 3YO fillies over 2100m at Vincennes on Tuesday evening. The daughter of Jasmin de Flore won the group one Criterium des Jeunes in brilliant fashion last start as she fought back the advance of top colt Brillantissime who broke under pressure just short of the finish line. Sebastien Guarato's beautiful filly who will be driven again by the in form Eric Raffin has won six of her eight starts including the Prix Une de Mai, the top race for 2YO fillies. Her other two placings were both seconds and has already won 247 200 euros. Dominique Lemetayer fronts with Bambina Magic a daughter of Nuage de Lait who was one of the two fillies to get the better of Billie de Montfort thus far in her career, besting her in the group two Prix Roquepine on February 1 at her very first start at group level and only her fifth career start. However she galloped in the Criterium des Jeunes at her last start. Fabrice Souloy has switched rising monte star Beauty Turgot back to harness after two successful outings under saddle. The daughter of Hand du Vivier , who will be driven this time instead of ridden by Franck Nivard took out the Prix Holly Du Locton undersaddle after a second placing in her first group two monte the Prix Ali Hawas. But she is also a dab hand in the cart having run third in the group two Prix Une De Mai in her last start as a 2YO. Wearing the famous colours of Jean Pierre Dubois is Bassana de Marlau a daughter of boom first season sire Sam Bourbon. Trained by Patrick Chevrier she won her last start, a 60,000 euro race at Vincennes earlier this month which was her fourth victory in just nine starts. She has finished fourth in two of her four group races, failing to finish the other two. Philippe Allaire has entered yet another daughter of his former champion Ready Cash in Bliss Nevele who will make her first attempt at a group race with Jos Verbeeck in the cart, and has come in for some early support. PRIX MASINA Vincennes 22/04/14 FR Group II 2100m 3F 120,000e 1 Bahia d'Hermine (Gai Brillant - Princess Charmeuse) Dr: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2 Billie de Montfort (Jasmin de Flore - Quismy de Montfort) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 3 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Dr: Jean Pierre Dubois Tr: Patrick Chevrier 4 Brise de l'Alba (Quido du Goutier - Cely de la Meritee) Dr: Charles Dreux Tr: William Bigeon 5 Bella Swift (Quick Wood - Otaya du Verger) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 6 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 7 Bambina Magic (Nuage de Lait - Rive Magic) Dr: Tony Le Beller Tr: Dominique Lemetayer 8 Balzane de Bootz (Nem - Queza de Bootz) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 9 Baraka de Bellou (Prodigious - Oilifina) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Adrien Pereira 10 Brindille Mika (Nahar de Beval - Noblessemika) Dr: Adrien Lamy Tr: Bruno Marie 11 Bliss Nevele (Ready Cash - Quick Nevele) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 12 Bonnie Cadence (Qualypso Jiel - Potuna Saint Andre) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 13 Bianca d'Atout (Saxo de Vandel - Geline d'Atout) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Sebastien Guarato's Prix de Selection winner Aladin d'Ecajeul heads the nine-horse field in the 120,000 euro Group 2 Prix Gaston Brunet, the final male lead-up race to next month's Criterium des 4 Ans at Vincennes in early May. The son of the royally bred Quaker Jet Aladin added the intergenerational Prix de Selection recently to his Criterium des 3 Ans (Gr1) and two other Group twos and has established himself firmly as the pre-eminent 4YO in France. However Matthieu Abrivard's Aldo des Champs has been making steady progress, running third in the Prix de Selection and was third in the Prix Phaeton, the first of the prep races last start. The son of Prince d'Espace is a group one place getter, Prix Albert Viel, and is one who is certainly capable of adding to his four career victories thus far. Third in the market is Vincent Collard Africain, a very consistent horse who has been in the money on a frequent basis without looking likely to win. The son of Oardo will be driven by Franck Nivard There are few horses with a CV as strong as Franck Anne's Akim du Cap Vert. The son of First de Retz won the top 2YO race in France, the Prix Emmanuel Margouty and was second in the Criterium Des Jeunes (Gr1), and a gallant third in the Prix Albert Viel (Gr1). He has won two at group two level including the Prix De Tonnac-Villeneuve (G2) in January and has been placed in three other races at group level. Joel Van Eeckhaute's Ganymede colt Athos des Elfes won the Prix Phaeton at odds of 30/1 last start, his first attempt at group company. The field was minus the likes of Aladin d'Ecajeul, but this was his fifth win in 23 starts, and he has been a consistent improver thus far. PRIX GASTON BRUNET Vincennes 18/04/14 FR Group 2 Nat 2100 4M 120,000e 1 Adio Josselyn (h And Arifant - Queda Josselyn) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Hedi Le Bec 2100 2 Africain (h Oardo - Kamine) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Vincent Collard 2100 3 Ah Quel Micha (h Rocklyn - Oceane du Phare) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2100 4 Adonis du Goutier (h Coktail Jet - Quintaescencia) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 5 Akim du Cap Vert (h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2100 6 Ausone du Kastel( h Gros Grain - Lancee) Dr: Emmanuel Allard Tr: Emmanuel Allard 2100 7 Aldo des Champs (h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2100 8 Athos des Elfes (h Ganymede - Lazio du Bourg) Dr: Joel Van Eeckhaute Tr: Joel Van Eeckhaute 2100 9 Aladin d'Ecajeul (h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2100 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Excellent graded events took place at Paris-Vincennes on the well-attended Friday "nocturne" card and again Saturday with the new 12 noon post-time. The two programs included the following graded events:   April 12 - Prix Hemine Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, three year-olds won by Baggio du Chatelet in 1.14.3kr over the Ready Cash son Bird Parker; April 12 - Prix Henri Levesque Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, five year-olds taken by Voltigeur de Myrt in 1.11.5kr over a stellar field that included monte star Vision Intense and pacesetter Vanika du Ruel; April 12 - Prix Beaumanoir Gr. II European 85,000e, 2700 meters monte won by Varum Boy in 1.14.5kr; April 11 - Prix Jamin Gr. III International 115,000e, 3525 meters secured by Une Fille d'Amour in 1.15.8kr over Vagabond du Mag and Sweden's Caballion; also on April 12 - Prix de la Lorraine 72,000e, European over 2100 meters won by the speedy Sometime in 1.11.1kr after a first 600 meters in 1.08kr, as the daughter of Blue Dream defeated a classy veteran field. Summaries of these events are presented below. April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Hemine, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 2175 meters, 8 starters, 1.14.3kr 1st Baggio du Chatelet (3m Niky-Paola du Chatelet), Mathieu Abrivard up for Nicholas Raimbeaux trainer, 0.8/1 favorite, fourth win for 149,750e for owner Antonio De Sousa 2nd Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha), Yohan Lebourgeois up for Philippe Allaire trainer, 2.8/1 3rd Boy du Plessis (3m Odeisis de Vandel-Nature des Loges), Paul-Philippe Ploquin up, 36/1 4th Baggio du Chatelet and Mathieu Abrivard April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Henri Levesque, Gr. II 120,000e, 2175 meters, 15 starters, 1.11.5kr 1st Voltigeur de Myrt (5m Opus Viervil-Murtille de Bois-Tenor de Baune), Eric Raffin for trainer/owner Roberto Donati, 9.1/1 2nd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Forge de Val), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 6.5/1 3rd Vision Intense (5f Prodigious-Intense Action), Julien Dubois for trainer Philippe Moulin, 9/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.8/1 5th Voltigeur de Myrt and Eric Raffin defeat a stellar field Advertising appeared quickly on this impressive winner as follows. Criterium des 4 ans (Gr1) winner VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT, the only sire grandson of three Prix d'AmÃmrique's winners (Jag de Bellouet, TÃNOR DE BAUNE and DRYADE DES BOIS). Congratulations to the winner of the Prix Henri Levesque (Gr.2) at Vincennes (2014/04/12) in 1'11"5 (2175m volt). April 12, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix Beaumanoir, Gr. III monte European, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters, 1.14.5kr 1st Varum Boy (5m Baccarat du Pont-Hawai Gril-Tenor de Baune), Damien Bonne up for owner/trainer Yves Dreux, 17/1, fourth career win for €133,160 lifetime earnings 2nd Volga Saltor (5f Fleuron Perrine-Glory d'Ariane), Mathieu Abrivard, 4.5/1 3rd Plutonio (5m Self Possessed-Indira Bi), P-Y Verva aboard, 50/1, Italy 4th A Nous Deux (4f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik), Nathalie Henry up for J-P Dubois 5th Palomar LB (5m Varenne-Gilly LB), Yohan Lebourgeois up, 5.5/1, Italy April 11, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jamin, Gr. III International, £115,000, 3525 meters, 11 starters, 1.15.8kr 1st Une Fille d'Amour (6f Infant du Bosis-Never So Great-Ever Jet), David Thomain up for trainer/owner Cyril Raimbaud, her 11th win for 626,790e, 2/1 favorite 2nd Vagabond du Mag (5g Ozio Royal-Perle du Ravary), J-M Bazire up, 5.8/1 3rd Caballion (8m Kesaco Phedo-Lady Brick), Franck Nivard teaming, 9/1, Sweden 4th Un Fille d'Amour with David Thomain April 12, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix de la Lorraine, European, 72,000e, 2100 meters autostart, 17 starters, 1.11.1kr, Quinte+ with a 7.15 million euro jackpot 1st Sometime (8f Blue Dream-Isaline Fortiniere-Vikings Way), Christophe Martens for Vincent Martens trainer for owner Ecurie du Haras de l'Orne, 6.2/1, her ninth win for 337,400e 2nd Saphir de Fille (8m Ipsos de Montfort-Jelene), Eric Raffin up for Herve-Philippe Gautier trainer, 3.8/1 3rd Sthieric (8g Alpha Barbes-Justice Prouvee), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver, 11/1 odds 4th Beaten field included Aaron de Veluwe 4th, Nephenta Lux 5th, Decarone 6th, Tojima 7th, Krangel 8th, Quid du Vivier 9th (US owned by Jesmeral Stable) 5th Sometime with Christophe Martens win in 1.11.1kr by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Monte star Vision Intense is one of four entrants of the powerful Ecurie Victoria Dreams stable of Jean Philippe Dubois in a field of 15 entered in the group two Prix Henri Levesque at Vincennes on Saturday. The race for the 5YO V-generation is over 2175m and the daughter of Prodigious will be making her first serious attempt under harness since appearing in the 4YO equivalent race this time last year, the Prix Paul Legeurney, where she ran eighth to Varade d'Hermine who also lines up here. Her last win under harnesss came in the Coupe Inter-Regionale des 3 Ans in Vincennes in December 2012 although she does have two top-three placings in group races under harness, the last one being the Prix Annick Dreux also in December 2012. She will be driven by Julien Dubois. Dubois' other three entrants include the underrated Volcan d'Urzy, who will be diven by Jean Philippe Dubois himself, was second in two of the group ones Criterium Des 4 Ans and Prix Albert Viel for this crop. Group two winner Voyage de Reve was third in the Prix De Croix Euro (G2) this year, while twice group two placed Love You mare Visite Royale will be driven by Michel Lenoir. The field is start-studded, featuring dual Criterium winner Franck Anne's star mare Vanika du Ruel, a four-time winner at group one level and recently back in form with a win in the Prix Jean Le Gonidec (G2) in February this year after more than 12 months without a win. Roberto Donati's Criterium des 4 Ans winner Voltigeur de Myrt, who is undertaking his first season at stud simultaneously as they do routinely in France, is also back under harness and and the son of Opus Viervil will be looking for his first win since his success in the classic, some 11 months ago. Two of the in fom runners are Jean-Etienne Dubois' Villeroi and Eric Lambertz' Viking de Val who have been prominent in group two races this year at Vincennes. Viking de Val, a son of Baccarat du Pont, won the Prix Robert Auvray (G2) and was second in the Prix De Croix Euro while Villeroi, a son of Oiseau de Feux, won the Prix Ovide Moulinet (G2) and was second in the Prix Robert Auvray. Franck Leblanc's Vigove also has a win this year, picking up the Prix de Croix in early January, although he has been well held in his last two starts. PRIX HENRI LEVESQUE Vincennes 12/04/14 GROUP 2 FR Nat 5YOs 2175m 120 000 euros 1 Vodka des Caillons (5m Nuage de Lait - Aberlande) Dr: Hubert Hardy Tr: Hubert Hardy 2 Vulcain de Vandel (5h Jag de Bellouet - Ophelia de Vandel) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Nivard 3 Valdu Mag (5h Jam Pridem - Poesie de Chamant) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Bruno Bourgoin 4 Visite Royale (5m Love You- Imagine d'Odyssee) Dr: Michel Lenoir Tr: Philippe Moulin 5 Very Nice Marceaux (5h Jag de Bellouet - Jolie Fortuna) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Gregory Laurent 6 Varade d'Hermine (5m Legs du Clos - Hotesse des Champs) Dr: Francoise Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 7 Voyage de Reve (5h Password - Kiocalba) Dr: Etienne Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 8 Volcan d'Urzy (5h Password - Jabotte d'Urzy) Dr: Jean Philippe Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 9 Villeroi (Oiseau de Feux - Pocahontas) Dr: Christophe. Martens Tr: J-Et. Dubois 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 11 Vigove (5h Gazouillis - Govive) Dr: Loic Guinoiseau Tr: Franck Leblanc 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Roberto Donati 13 Vipsie Griff (5m Gros Grain - Ojipsie Griff) Dr: Damien Bonne Tr: Sebastien Guarato 14 Vision Intense (5m Prodigious - Intense Action) Rd: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 15 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

Bassana de Marlau, the three-year-old Sam Bourbon filly, won today's £60,000 Prix Atlas at Paris-Vincennes. Owner Jean-Pierre Dubois teamed the Patrick Chevrier trainee to her fourth career win with a front-stepping victory over 2100 meters autostart on the petit piste. The winner, off as even-money favorite, was clocked in 1.15kr. The Ready Cash filly Bliss Nevele closed for second at 19/1 odds in rein to Jerome Ruaults for trainer Philippe Allaire. April 8, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. III Prix Atlas, £60,000, 2100 meters autostart, 9 starters Fractions: 1.13.3kr at 1000; 1.14.9kr at 500; 1.15kr finish 1st Bassana de Marlau (3f Sam Bourbon-Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis), Jean-Pierre Dubois owner/driver, Patrick Chevrier trainer, favorite 1.1/1, her fourth win for £85,350 earnings 2nd Bliss Nevele (3f Ready Cash-Quick Nevele), Jerome Ruaults up for trainer Philippe Allaire, 19/1 3rd Bahia d'Hermine (3f Gai Brillant-Princess Charmeuse), Eric Raffin up for J-M Baudouin trainer, 19/1 4th Bella Swift (3f Quick Wood-Otaya du Verger), Franck Anne driver/trainer, 8.1/1 5th Balzane de Bootz (3f Nem-Queza de Bootz), Alexandre Abrivard up, 6.4/1 odds by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Consistent Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere) led virtually all the way to win today's 200,000e UET Masters Series Gr. I Grand Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur mer by a comfortable three lengths. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard teamed the favored (1.9/1 odds) winner alertly off the gate and secured the top spot when well supported Triode de Felliere went off stride in battling for the lead shortly after the start. Once on the lead Daugeard rated the pace and his 13 other rivals were unable to serve a strong challenge. Univers de Pan was timed in 1.10kr over the 1609 meter autostart course (one mile in 1:52.63). That time equaled the third fasted in race history (Varenne 1.09.6kr in 2002; Kesaco Phedo 1.09.9kr in 2004 and 1.10kr by Santa Rosa France in 2012). Italy's Pascia'Lest, with Andrea Guzzinati aboard, took the pocket and eventually ended second when he out battled the game mare Vanika du Ruel, who survived an outside journey for Franck Anne to hold third. Italy's Nesta Effe was never in the hunt and finished unplaced. Univers de Pan's victory was his 17th in a solid career and put his earnings at 1,037,530 euros. He's owned by Olivier Horvath and today secured his first Gr. I score. Univers de Pan enjoyed a good winter meet at Paris-Vincennes where he was second in the Grand Prix de France, Prix de la Marne and Prix de Belgique. He was also fifth in the Prix de Selection. Being age six, look for this one to be a factor in future Gr. I races in France and throughout Europe. He proved today that he can leave, rate and sprint home in sprinter distance contests. His pedigree is 73% French trotteur, 27% Standardbred and with a 3.8% inbreeding coefficient. March 9, 2014 Cagnes sur mer, Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur (Grand Criterium Nice-Martin), 1609 meters autostart, 14 starters, purse 200,000e, Gr. I International UET Masters Series 1.10kr (1:52.63) 1st Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere), Philippe Daugeard trainer/driver for owner Olivier Horvath, 1.9/1 odds, his 17th career win 2nd Pascia'Lest (5m Varenne-Superiors Sun-Diamond Way), Andrea Guzzinati up for trainer Thierry Duvaldestin and owner Samuele Querci, 18/1, (Italy) 3rd Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Frank Anne driver/trainer, 8.8/1 odds, earning now €1,015,350 4th Aisle Stand (7f Scarlet Knight-Twisterella-Super Arnie), 116/1 odds, Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer Ronny Kuiper, (Sweden) 5th Quoumba de Guez (10f Urfist des Pres-Vanina de Mareuil-Neron Grandchamp), J-M Bazire trainer/driver, 14/1 odds, career earnings now €1,155,569 Note that Pascia'Lest represents significant American pedigree as his dam, Superiors Sun, is a daughter of Superiors Crown (Speedy Crown-Superior Sweep-Hickory Pride). Superior Sweep won the Old Oaken Bucket, the Lady Suffolk and Kentucky Futurity. Replay of today's Gr. I event can be seen using the link below: http://www.harnesslink.com/International/ by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The French Winter Meeting at Vincennes is over but elite group racing continues in the world's richest trotting coutry as the UET Masters Series heads south to Cagnes sur Mer, France for the group one Grand Criterium De Vitesse over a mile (1609) for 200,000 euros Italian-bred horses drew the all important three inside positions on the barrier draw as the final field of 14 was released Friday for Sunday's big race. Former Italian Derby winner Pascia' Lest, now trained in France by Thierry Duvaldestin has the pole position inside another French trained Italian, Marielles, a former heat winner in Italy's biggest race the Lotteria over this distance who is trained by Fabrice Soulouy. The number three pole will be taken Nesta Effe, which was the only one of the trio to race in the Prix d'Amerique this year although she finished 10th. But Holger Ehlert's son of Naglo is a proven sprinter and was in super form this time last year, winning two group ones in Finland in April, the Prix d'Etain Royal Seinäjoki-Race and the Finlandia-Ajo over a mile, and he is also a runner-up in the final of the Lotteria, Italy's greatest race, also over a mile. The other two Italians carry good form from the Winter Meeting with Pascia' Lest second in the Group two Prix Jean Le Gonidec in February over 2175m while Marielles was third in prestigious Prix Du Bourbonnais (Gr2) in December. All three are driven by Italian reinsman Andrea Guzzinati (Pascia' Lest), Roberto Andreghetti (Marielles) and Roberto Vecchione (Nesta Effe). While the three Italians have the inside draws, they also have have to face some of their French vanquishers in their respective races here with Prix Jean Le Gonidec winner Vanika du Ruel drawing the seven hole while Prix du Bourbonnais winner Triode de Felliere, possibly the most improved horse in France over the Winter Meeting, drawing pole four. Franck Anne's Vanika du Ruel was the best horse of her generation at two and three and has a best time over the sprint distance at Vincennes of 1.11.6 (1.55.1MR) when winning the group one Prix de l'Etoile. And Jean Paul Marmion's Triode de Felliere warmed up for this race with a close third in the Prix de Plateau de Gravelle, a Vincennes sprint over 2100m in which he recorded a slick 1.11.3 (1.54.4). But the biggest French danger comes from the horse drawn fifth, Univers de Pan who was beaten by the narrowest of margins in the sprint round of the French Triple Crown,the Grand Prix de France. Philippe Daugeard's son of Kenya du Pont was fifth last start off a 25m handicap in the Prix de Selection, but recorded a slick 1.11.1 (1.54.1MR) for the journey and from the five hole will prove very tough to beat. Sweden's best chance Amaru Boko is the only Scandinavian-based entrant in the rich sprint, but the recent addition to Robert Bergh's stable is in outstanding form with four wins on the trot since coming to the Bergsaker barn. The son of Coktail Jet has a fastest time of 1.10.3 (1.53.1MR) but has to start off the second line. GRAND CRITERIUM DE VITESSE Cagnes sur Mer, France 09/03/14 UET Masters Series Group 1 Int 1609m 4-10 200 000e 1 Pascia' Lest (5h Varenne - Superiors Sun) Dr: Andrea Guzzinati Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 1609 2 Marielles (8m Kick Tail - Egida Play) Dr: Roberto Andreghetti Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 3 Nesta Effe (7h Naglo - Etna Sec) Dr: Roberto Vecchione Tr: Holger Ehlert 1609 4 Triode de Felliere (7m Derby du Gite - Linea de Vandel) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Jean Paul Marmion 1609 5 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Daugeard Tr: Philippe Daugeard 1609 6 Quoumba de Guez (10m Urfist des Pres - Vanina de Mareuil) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 1609 7 Vanika du Ruel (5m Jardy - Jacarandine) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 1609 8 Quinoa du Gers (10h Ganymede - Targa du Chalange) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 1609 9 Olona Ok (6m Varenne - Erreuno Ok) Dr: Dominik Locqueneux Tr: Domenico Zanca 1609 10 Aisle Stand (7m Scarlet Knight - Twisterella) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Ronny Kuiper 1609 11 Twist des Caillons (7h Jam Pridem - Heyra des Caillons) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Hubert Hardy 1609 12 Amour d'Occagnes (7h Diamant Gede - Naomi November) Dr: Christophe Martens Tr: Vincent Martens 1609 13 Amaru Boko (7h Coktail Jet - Sue Boko) Dr: Robert Bergh Tr: Robert Bergh 1609 14 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 1609 by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com    

The Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur, this Sunday at Cagnes sur mer in France, has seen the field reduced to 15 from 21 engaged. The final group will contest for 200,000e in the Gr. I International UET Masters Series event over the 1609 meters autostart course. Sprinters in the field include the young mare Vanika du Ruel for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Italy's Nesta Effe, trained by Holger Ehlert. The race has a rich history of victorious females. Since 1969 the race has seen ten female winners led by five-time victor Une de Mai and single winners Roquepine, Peace Corp, Moni Maker in 2000, Vasterbo Daylight and Santa Rosa France in 2012. The fastest win was posted in 2002 by Italy's Varenne (1.09.6kr), followed by Kasaco Phedo's 1.09.9kr in 2004. The great Ourasi won the event four times, and other North American bred winners include Gum Ball, Crowning Classic, Sea Cove, Express Ride and Spice Island. The entrants are listed below. Note, m=male, f=female. No geldings are eligible ; for 4-10 year-olds that earned over 160,000e  15 Starters Horse, Sex/Age, Driver/Trainer, Earnings in euros Olona Ok (Italy), 6f, tba/D. Zanca, 386,445 Aisle Stand (Sweden), 7f, tba/Ronny Kuiper, 375,748 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie/J-F Mary, 379,966 Amaru Boko (Sweden), 7m, Robert Bergh/also trainer, 413,492 Amour d'Occagnes (Holland), 7m, Christophe Martens/Vincent Martens, 544,730 Twist des Caillons, 7m, Eric Raffin/H. Hardy, 567,780 Napolean Bar (Italy), 7m, tba/C.E. Hollmann, 585,187 Triode de Felliere, 7f, Anthony Barrier/J-P Marmion, 710,590 Marielles (Italy), 8f, Roberto Angreghetti/Fabrice Souloy, 730,414 Pascia'Lest (Italy), tba/Thierry Duvaldestin, 760,682 Univers de Pan, 6m, tba/Philippe Daugeard, 947,530 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne/also trainer, 987,360 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Franck Nivard/Fabrice Souloy, 994,343 Nesta Effe (Italy), 7m, Roberto Vecchione/Holger Ehlert, 1,058,928 Quoumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire/also trainer, 1,145,569 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The highly regarded sprinter classic, the Grand Criterium de Vitesse de la Cote d'Azur, takes place Sunday at Cagnes sur mer in France. There are 21 international contestants that have been engaged in this 200,000 euros Gr. I International UET Masters Series event over the 1609 meters autostart course (one mile). Last years' winner Timoko will not defend his title. A number of noted sprinters are in the field including the young mare Vanika du Ruel for trainer/driver Franck Anne and Italy's Nesta Effe. The entrants are listed below. Note m=male, f=female. No geldings are eligible to this race for 4-10 year-olds who have earned over 160,000 euros Horse, Sex/Age, Trainer, Earnings in euros Quoriace Stop, 10m, Anders Lindqvist, 165,990 Rebecca des Champs, 9f, S. Cingland, 243,370 Tango Somolli, 7m, C. Mathe, 313,140 Saphir de Fille, 8m, H. Ph. Gautier, 338,240 Olona Ok (Italy), 6f, V. Lacroix, 379,609 Aisle Stand (Sweden), 7f, Ronny Kuiper, 375,748 Unabella Perrine, 6f, J-F Mary, 379,966 Amaru Boko (Sweden), 7m, Timo Nurmos, 413,492 Amour d'Occagnes (Holland)m 7m, Vincent Martens, 544,730 Quarlos, 10m, M. Dabouis, 554,600 Twist des Caillons, 7m, H. Hardy, 567,780 Napolean Bar (Italy), 7m, C.E. Hollmann, 585,187 Santa Rosa France, 8f, J-L Bigeon, 705,950 Triode de Felliere, 7f, J-P Marmion, 710,590 Marielles (Italy), 8f, Fabrice Souloy, 730,414 Pascia'Lest (Italy), Thierry Duvaldestin, 760,682 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 947,530 Vanika du Ruel, 5f, Franck Anne, 987,360 Quinoa du Gers, 10m, Fabrice Souloy, 994,343 Nesta Effe (Italy), 7m, Holger Ehlertm 1,058,928 Quoumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1,145,569 by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com  

Athena de Vandel won today's Gr. III Prix Vindex at Paris-Vincennes. The four year-old daughter of Prince Gede scored in 1.16.1kr at 5.6/1 odds over 2700 meters to take the 45% winners' share of the 95,000 euro purse. Cedric Megissier trains and drives the winner for La Tour de Vandel. Africaine was second for Jean-Etienne Dubois at 7/2 odds. Athena de Vandel February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Vindex, GR. III, 95,000e, 2700 meters, 11 starters 1.16.1kr 1st Athena de Vandel (4f Prince Gede-Maelia dce Vandel), Cedric Megissier trainer/driver for owner La Tour de Vandel, 5.6/1 2nd Africaine (4f Oiseau de Feux-Italienne), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver/owner, 3.5/1 3rd Adelie (4f Ganymede-Linea Dream), Alexandre Abrivard, 26.9/1 Italy's Oropura Bar, a six year-old son of Love You, won the Quinte+ Prix Emile Allix Courboy for 80,000e over 2100 meters autostart. Marco Smorgon is trainer/driver of the winner for 4AB SAS. The winner scored at 6.4/1 in 1.13.4kr over 39/1 outsider Topaze de Gournay with owner/trainer/driver Franck Ouvrie aboard. The Quinte+ exact order 2e ticket paid €66,696. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Emile Allis Courboy, 80,000e, European, 2100 meters autostart, 18 starters, Quinte+ 4.95 million euro jackpot 1.13.4kr 1st Oropuro Bar (6m Love You-Ubatuba Oaks), Marco Smorgon trainer/driver, 6.4/1 odds, owner 4AB Sas (Italy) 2nd Topaze de Gournay (7f Kepler-Haute Tension), Franck Ouvrie trainer/driver/owner, 39.2/1 3rd Tolca de Bellouet (7f Orlando Vici-Quenavora), Mathieu Abrivard, 11.8/1 Bomba took today's Prix Ali Hawas, a Gr. II monte event for 120,000e over 2700 meters. Yohan Lebourgeois handled the winning three year-old filly by Goetmals Wood for Philippe Allaire. Heavily favored Beauty Turgot was second for Franck Nivard in the contest with the winner timed in 1.16.8kr. Ballerine Griff finished third with Eric Raffin up for Sebastian Guarato trainer for Ecurie Griff. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Ali Hawas, Gr. II 120,000e, 2700 meters, 15 starters, monte 1.16.8kr 1st Bomba (3f Goetmals Wood-Passion d'Amour), Yohan Lebourgeois up at 3.6/1 odds, Philippe Allaire trainer for Mme. I Martin 2nd Beauty Turgot (3f Hand du Vivier-Quouragame), Franck Nivard, 1.1/1 odds favorite, Fabrice Souloy trainer for Mme. T. H. Hoste owner 3rd Ballerine (3f Password-Keva Mesloise), Eric Raffin, 21.1/1 odds for Sebastian Guarato for Ecurie Griff Bird Parker, often a solid runner-up performer in three year-old graded events, today scored in the Gr. II monte Prix Felicien Gauvreau for 120,000e. The son of Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier, trained by Philippe Allaire, scored in 1.16.4kr over 2700 meters. The win raised his earnings to 164,480e. Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley) was second for Franck Nivard and trainer Franck Leblanc with 61/1 outsider Bingo Star third. February 27, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Felicien Gauvreau, Gr. II monte, 120,000e, 2700 meters, 10 starters   1.16.4kr 1st Bird Parker (3m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir de Vivier), Yohan Lebourgeois up for trainer Philippe Allaire and owner Mme. El. Allaire, 3/1 odds, his second career win for earnings of 164,480e 2nd Brooklyn Bridge (3m Quatre Juillet-Mysterious Valley), Franck Nivard up for trainer Franck Leblanc and owner Ecurie Manuel Garcia, 5/1 3rd Bingo Star (3m Look de Star-Rosiris), Adrien Lamy up for trainer/owner Lucien Swita, 61.3/1 odds Final day of the winter meet at Paris-Vincennes is Saturday and quite a fine card it is. Four graded events, each worth over 100,000e highlight the program. The 240,000e Prix de Selection features Gr. I starters Village Mystic, Uhlan du Val, Univers de Pan and Axelle Dark. The Gr. II Prix de l'Union Europeenne for 160,000e has veteran Roi du Lupin at the start against invaders Sanity and On Track Piraten. Monte events worth 120,000e feature Quarry Bay in the Prix Henri Desmontils, with Camille Levesque in the irons, and the Prix Louis de Bourg showcases Al Capone Jet, A Nous Dous and Aston Fly. See below listings. March 1, 2014 Paris Vincennes Prix d'Alencon, European, monte, 85,000e, 2700 meters, 13 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Latest News, 6g, O. Touvais, 84008 Sweden Crme Brulee, 5f, Mlle. Camille Levesque, 127797 Sweden Ulm de Chichevet, 6g, P-Y Verva, 128860 Volcan d'Occagnes, 5g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 128860 Valseur de Kacy, 5m, Alexandre Abrivard, 129700 Umaga, 6f, Nathalie Henry, 137330 Ukerlza du Benjo, 6f, M. Mottier, 142820 Plutonio, 5m, Mathieu Abrivard, 146796 Italy Vermeer Jarzeen, 5g, Eric Raffin, 151850 Orione Spin, 6m, Philippe Masschaele, 154924 Italy Ultissino, 6m, Damien Bonne, 188790 Viva Forest, 5f, Franck Nivard, 189460 Disco A.E., 6m, David Thomain, 219330 Sweden Prix de Selection, Gr. I €240,000, 2200 meters, 16 starters, Quinte+ €5.05 million jackpot Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Below travel 2175 meters Aldo des Champs, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 244510 Alesia d'Atout, 4f, M. Mottier, 258850 Astor du Quenne, 4m, J-M Bazire, 266940 Atlessimam 4f, Julien Dubois, 273540 Aladin d'Ecajeul, 4m, Eric Raffin, 334940 Anastasia Fella, 4f, Franck Nivard, 438250 Akim du Cap Vert, 4m, Franck Anne, 504330 Axelle Dark, 4f, Jos. Verbeeck, 535400 Below travel 2200 meters Vanna Coletto, 5f, Anthony Barrier, 134500 Viking de Val, 5m, Eric Lambertz, 326940 Unabella Perrine, 6f, Franck Ouvrie, 379966 Voltigeur de Myrt, 5m, Pierre Vercruysse, 389915 Une Fille d'Amour, 6f, David Thomain, 558940 Village Mystic, 5m, Louis Baudron, 641570 Uhlan du Val, 6m, Cedric Megissier, 693890 Univers de Pan, 6m, Philippe Daugeard, 935530 Prix Henri Desmontils, Gr. III International monte, 120,000e, 2850 meters, 10 starters Horse, age/sex, jockey, earnings euros Signeville, 8f, Julien Raffestin, 280270 Texas de l'Iton, 7g, Yohan Lebourgeois, 434240 Quassia du Bon Air, 10g, M. Mottier, 447550 Torre Crepin, 7g, A. Lamy, 460730 Utoky, 6m, Franck Nivard, 549250 Recit Jeloca, 9g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 565530 Rapide du Digeon, 9g, Damien Bonne, 610280 Rubis Dairpet, 9g, Eric Raffin, 621610 Risque Tout, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 954150 Quarry Bay, 10f, Camille Levesque, 1058020 Prix de l'Union Europeenne, Gr. II UET Masters Series, European, 160,000e, 11 starters, 3000 meters Starter du Rib, 8g, J.L.C. Dersoir, 424480 Maxwell Mayday, 9g, Bjorn Goop, 441740 Finland Quela Rive, 10f, Mme. A-F Donati, 549830 On Track Piraten, 6g, Pierre Vercruysse, 555429 Sweden Son Alezan, 8m, Dominik Locqueneux, 558520 Quinio du Relais, 10g, Sebastian Hardy, 728891 Rigiorieux du Bois, 9g, Alexandre Abrivard, 801230 Roxana de Barbray, 9f, David Thomain, 869828 Sanity, 8g, Franck Ouvrie, 915895 Quoiumba de Guez, 10f, J-M Bazire, 1145569 Roi du Lupin, 9g, Franck Nivard, 1498700 Prix Louis de Bourg, Gr. II monte 120,000e, 28509 meters, 11 starters, four year-olds Horse, age/sex, jockey, earning euros Armio, 4m P. Masschaele, 32860 Astuce du Bas Bosq, 4f, Damien Bonne, 45410 Avireau de Houelle, 4m, P. Edouard Mary, 64630 A Priori, 4m, David Thomain, 77440 Airport, 4m, Eric Raffin, 83400 Anna Mix, 4f, Franck Nivard, 90000 Antara Buissonay, 4f, Yohan Lebourgeois, 117340 Agrippine, 4f, Alexandre Abrivard, 129630 Aston Fly, 4m, J. Carre, 134120 A Nous Dous, 4f, Nathalie Henry, 135250 Al Capone Jet, 4m, Mathieu Abrivard, 141520 by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The Prix de Selection is the final Group I race of the rich Vincennes Winter Meeting and is an aptly named race which is often a precursor to a rich stud career for the place-getters. An inter-generational race for 4-6YOs, it is the second (after the Prix des Centaures) to be run under the new handicapping system which has reduced the handicap for older horses to address the more precocious modern horse, which has seen 4YOs dominate this traditional stallion identifying race. Only Milord Drill (Sancho Panca) as a 6YO in 2006 and Kiwi (Coktail Jet) at 5 in 2003 have won the race in the last 21 years, but the change from a 50m to a 25m handicap should readdress the balance. But even with this anomaly the race's success as a test of stallion potential can be seen by a quick look at its alumini who have been well represented in this Winter Meeting. Royal Prestige's son Buvetier d'Aunou, sire of superstar Up And Quick, winner of the Prix de Paris and runner up in the Prix d'Amerique won the race in 1992, while the following year's winner Cygnus d'Odysee, a son of former US 2YO star Workaholic is the sire of the brilliant Texas Charm, who was favourite for this year's Prix d'Amerique after a superb win in the Prix de Bourgogne until injury. And 2001 winner Jasmin de Flore is the sire of Criterium de Juenes winner Billie de Montfort. Prominent stallions who have won the race include Kaisy Dream (sire of group one winners Santa Rosa France and So Lovely Girl), the aforementioned Kiwi (sire of Criterium des 3 and 4 winner Quaro), Full Account (sire of Criterium de Jeunes winner Kinder Jet), Insert Gede and Meaulnes du Corta, Nice Love and rising star Saxo de Vandel. And underlining just how important the race can be for predicting great sires can be further illustrated by a look at some of the runners-up in the race - none other than Coktail Jet, Ganymede, Orlando Vici, Kesaco Phedo, Giant Cat and the next superstar sire Ready Cash. Last year's winner Village Mystic (who is already at stud) lines up against a swag of group one winners and such is the strength of the field that Louis Baudron's son of Love You will probably be seventh or eighth favourite. After running a narrow second in the Goup 1 Grand Prix de France Univers du Pan will be the favourite for this race, given the reduced nature of the handicap against his talented younger rivals. Philippe Raugeard's son of Kenya du Pont is in rare form, with three second placings in a row against the best older horses in the world, which will set him up for a great shot at this. Prix De Bretagne winner Uhlan du Val, who was also second to current star Up And Quick in last year's Criterium des 5 Ans, is also well in the mix here . Cedric Megissier's son of Islero de Bellouet is the only one of the field who graced the Grand Prix d'Amerique where he finished a meritorious sixth and his last three starts have all been in the crucible of the French triple crown. He also looks to be in great shape against his own and younger age-groups after such a torrid build up. Of the younger horses, who will start with a 25metre advantage on the 2175m trip, Sebastien Guarato's rising star Aladin d'Ecajuel (Quaker Jet ) is favoured to test the older horses and maintain the dominance of 4YOs, while Akim du Cap Vert (First de Retz) is also a very talented stallion. Mares have also enjoyed rare success with only the exceptional Pearl Queen and Qualita Bourbon having won the race in the past 20 years, but the A generation has been dominated by the female gender up until very recently. But whether the leading lights Axelle Dark (Ready Cash), Anastasia Fella (Goetmals Wood) and Atlessima (Rocklyn) are of that quality is the 240,000 euro question. PRIX DE SELECTION  Vincennes 2014-03-01 Group I 2175 4-6YOs € 240 000e 1 Aldo des Champs (4h Prince d'Espace - Noumea des Champs) Dr: Mathieu Abrivard Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2175 2 Alesia d'Atout (4m Defi d'Aunou - New York Jet) Dr: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Dominique Mottier 2175 3 Astor du Quenne (4h Opus Viervil - Qualinka du Quenne) Dr: Jean Michel Bazire Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 4 Atlessima (4m Rocklyn - Noblessima) Dr: Julien Dubois Tr: Philippe Moulin 2175 5 Aladin d'Ecajeul (4h Quaker Jet - Nancy d'Ecajeul) Dr: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2175 6 Anastasia Fella (4m Goetmals Wood - Jeanne's Fella) Dr: Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy 2175 7 Akim du Cap Vert (4h First de Retz - Prima du Cap Vert) Dr: Franck Anne Tr: Franck Anne 2175 8 Axelle Dark (4m Ready Cash - Queen des Charmes) Dr: Jos Verbeeck Tr: Philippe Allaire 2175 9 Vanna Coletto (5m Lejacque d'Houlbec - Paloma du Donjon) Dr: Anthony Barrier Tr: Guillaume Grelier 2200 10 Viking de Val (5h Baccarat du Pont - La Forge de Val) Dr: Eric Lambertz Tr: Eric Lambertz 2200 11 Unabella Perrine (6m Diamant Gede - Minnie Perrine) Dr: Franck Ouvrie Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2200 12 Voltigeur de Myrt (5h Opus Viervil - Myrtille des Bois) Dr: Pierre Vercruysse Tr: Roberto Donati 2200 13 Une Fille d'Amour (6m Infant du Bossis - Never So Great) Dr: David Thomain Tr: Cyril Raimbaud 2200 14 Village Mystic (5h Love You - Netchka d'Orgeres) Dr: Louis Baudron Tr: Louis Baudron 2200 15 Uhlan du Val (6h Islero de Bellouet - Indiana Beautiful) Dr: Cedric Megissier Tr: Cedric Megissier 2200 16 Univers de Pan (6h Kenya du Pont - Gypsilore) Dr: Philippe Raugeard Tr: Philippe Raugeard 2200 by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com  

A pair of top colts will be making their monte debut in Prix Felicien Gauvreau, the final Winter Meeting group two for 3YO colts, raced over 2700m for 120,000 euros. Bird Parker who has been runner up in both the Prix Emmanuel Margouty (Gr2) and Prix Maurice De Gheest (G2) throws on the saddle for the very first time, and will have champion jockey Yoann Lebourgeois at the reins. Sebastien Guarato's Best of Sly, a Sam Bourbon colt, who was fifth in the Prix Paul Viel and sixth in the Criterium des Jeunes, and has three wins in just ten career starts, is another to saddle up, and he will have Eric Raffin on board for his debut. The winner of the first group two monte for this generation the Prix Edouard Marcillac, Nicolas Raimbeaux's Baggio du Chatelet will go out a deserved favourite after winning his all three of his monte races thus far. He will be partnered by Matthieu Abrivard. Franck Leblanc's Quatre Juillet colt Brooklyn Bridge fought on well for second place in the Prix Edouard Marcillac and has followed Baggio du Chatelet home in twice, in three seconds in a row under saddle. He will be ridden by Franck Nivard. Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo) was third in the Prix Edouard Marcillac in what was only his sixth career start, which includes a win and a second under saddle. Others to have support include Pascal Raulier's last start winner Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat) Fourth home in the first group two was Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisso) who is trained by Franck Anne. PRIX FELICIEN GAUVREAU Vincennes 27/02/14 FR Group II 2700m 3M €120 000 1 Bijou Petteviniere (Ludo de Castelle - Noce Petteviniere) Rd: Bruno Chanonat Tr: Sylvain Roger 2 Brooklyn Fligny (Coktail Jet - Fantasia d'Ombree) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Åke Kristoffersson 3 Babar des Brouets (Giant Cat - Pin Up des Brouets) Rd: Philippe Masschaele Tr:Pascal Raulier 4 Bingo Star (Look de Star - Rosiris) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr:Lucien Swita 5 Bazaki Seven (Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr:Jean Michel Baudouin 6 Beguin Madrik (Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Rd: Antoine Lherete Tr:Franck Anne 7 Brooklyn Bridge (Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Rd: Franck Nivard Tr:Franck Leblanc 8 Best of Sly (Sam Bourbon - Quinella Aimef) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 9 Baggio du Chatelet (Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Rd: Matthieu Abrivard Tr:Nicolas Raimbeaux 10 Bird Parker (Ready Cash - Belisha) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

A large field of fifteen will line up for the Prix Ali Hawas, a group two monte over 2700m, the last race on the Winter Series programme for the B generation fillies, now three-year-olds. Heading the field will be the winner of the Holly du Locton at her first start under saddle, Fabrice Solouy's promising filly Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier). She added her first group two success to the third placing in premier 2YO fillies race in France, the Prix Une de Mai in December. The brilliant Franck Nivard will again do the riding as usual for Souloy. The favourite for the Prix de Locton was Goetmals Wood filly Bomba who made a break in the first group two monte race for the generation. But previously the striking Philippe Allaire filly had made three starts under saddle in January for two wins against fillies before a gallant second against the colts when going out a 7/5 favourite. Jean Pierre Dubois' owned Sam Bourbon filly Bassana de Marlau, who will be partnered with Vision Intense's jockey Nathalie Henry, is coming in for heavy support despite a break in the Prix Holly du Locton . But she had won her first three starts before stepping up to group races. Also coming for early support is Jean Michel Bazire's Bixenta du Gers (Quinoa du Gers) who was fourth in the Prix Holly du Lockton and had a third and second in her last three starts, all under saddle. Others in the market are Jacques Rajalu's Birmane de Lavau (Opus Viervil) who will be ridden by Mathieu Mottier, and had a win last start after a second a fourth while Sebastien Guarato's well-bred Ballerine Griff (Password) in the hands of Eric Raffin is also a favoured runner. Of the others Dominique Lefaucheux's Bahia Star (Kiwi) and By Little (Jasmin de Flore) who is trained by Alain Roussel both had last start wins under saddle.. PRIX ALI HAWAS Vincennes 27/02/14 FR Group 2 Monte 2700 3F 120 000e 1 Bella la Coste (Quatre Juillet - Peachee Elegance) Rd: Gregory Guilbert Tr: Mario Van Dooyeweerd 2700 2 Believe Viretaute (Rieussec - La Vire) Rd: Caroline Cheradame Tr: Sylvain Lelievre 2700 3 Bigoudene Thieben ( Jeanbat du Vivier - Quinoa Thieben) Rd: Romain Gougeon Tr: Romain Gougeon 2700 4 Bresilienne Hub (Lord Angot - Inconnue du Lys) Rd: Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier Tr: Didier Pasquier 2700 5 Berenice du Boulay (First de Retz - Hotesse de Feu) Rd: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 2700 6 Bahia Star (Kiwi - Roxana de Mesangy) Rd: Martial Viel Tr: Dominique Lefaucheux 2700 7 Blanca de Gueude (Oakwood du Closet - Minda de Romagny) Rd: Pierre Edouard Mary Tr: Jean Francois Mary 2700 8 By Little (Jasmin de Flore - Little Pearl) Rd: Adrien Lamy Tr: Alain Roussel 2700 9 Ballerine Griff (Password - Keva Mesloise) Rd: Eric Raffin Tr: Sebastien Guarato 2700 10 Bixenta du Gers (Quinoa du Gers - Seventy Seven) Rd: Alexandre Abrivard Tr: Jean Michel Bazire 2700 11 Birmane de Lavau (Opus Viervil - Nuptiale) Rd: Mathieu Mottier Tr: Jacques Rajalu 2700 12 Bomba (Goetmals Wood - Passion d'Amour) Rd: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 2700 13 Bassana de Marlau (Sam Bourbon - Jessie de Vonnas) Rd: Nathalie Henry Tr: Matthieu Abrivard 2700 14 Balade de Blary (Qualmio de Vandel - Garine d'Occagnes) Rd: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 2700 15 Beauty Turgot (Hand du Vivier - Quouragane ) Franck Nivard Tr: Fabrice Souloy by David Sanders for Harnesslink.com

Jean-Etienne Dubois reined 21/1 outsider Villeroi to victory in today's Gr. II 120,000e Prix Ovide Moulinet at Paris-Vincennes. The five-year old son of Oiseau des Feux scored, in 1.13.9kr over 2700 meters, his sixth career win, now for earnings of 309,590e. Dubois trains the winner that defeated the Louis Baudron trained and driven Village Mystic, a fine Love You stallion that was second choice in the wagering, and looked like a winner after he surged to the front at top-stretch. Viking de Val and notorious pacesetter Vanika du Ruel ended third and fourth respectively. Rarely do we see, in an age of specialization, a graded event in which the top four finishers were driven by their trainers. Congrats to Dubois, Baudron, Eric Lambertz and Franck Anne for excellent horsemanship. February 17, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Gr. II Prix Ovide Moulinet, 120,000€, 2700 meters, 9 starters 1.13.9kr 1st Villeroi (5m Oiseau des Feux-Pocahontas-Defi d'Aunou), Jean-Etienne Dubois trainer/driver, 21/1, his sixth career win 2nd Village Mystic (5m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account), Louis Baudron trainer/driver, 2.5/1 3rd Viking de Val (5m Baccarat du Pont-La Ferge de Val-Quadrophenio), Eric Lambertz trainer/driver, 7.5/1 4th Vanika du Ruel (5f Jardy-Jacarandine-Vroum d'Or), Franck Anne trainer/driver, 1.5/1 The Quinte+ race of the day was the opener on the Vincennes card. Vodka du Wallon took the Prix de Cahors for European females, a 55,000e test over 2700 meters, in 1.14.4kr. The five year-old daughter of Onyx du Goutier won for J-M Bazire, driving for trainer Jean-M Baudouin, as she gained her sixth lifetime victory in 1.14.4kr. Pancottina Bar was a 65/1 longshot for second with Pierre Vercruysse up and that set off an exact order payoff of over 118,000e for a 2e play. February 17, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Cahors, European females, 56,000e, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte + race of the day with jackpot at 4,450,000 euros  1.14.4kr 1st Vodka du Wallon (5f Onyx du Goutier-Neige des Haueaux-Blason Clayettois), J-M Bazire for Jean-M Baudouin, 2.8/1, her sixth victory now for earnings of 120,230€ 2nd Pancottina Bar (5f Varenne-Valuta Lavec-Sugarcane Hanover), Pierre Vercruysse for trainer Claus-Ernst Hullmann, 65/1, Italy 3rd Vendetta (5f Quaro-Oland-Hand du Vivier), driver Anthony Barrier at 42/1 On the same program, Italian invader Olympic Kronos took the 55,000e Prix de Bracieux for European males over 2700 meters. The Lutfi Kolgjini trainee scored easily in 1.14.3kr for reinaman Dominik Locqueneux. The six year-old son of Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip won the the 13th time in his career, now with increased earnings to 128,784e. Undici and favored Berry's Boy fromn Holland were next to the line February 17, 2014, Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Bracieux, European males, 55,000e, 2700 meters, 14 starters 1st Olympic Kronos (6m Viking Kronos-Ebony Kronos-Pine Chip), Dominik Locqueneux up for Lutfi Kolgjini, 5.4/1 (Italy), now 13 career wins for 128,784€ 2nd Undici (6g Kaiser Soze-Jubeth-Corot), J-M Bazire up for trainer Nicolas Roussel, 6.8/1 3rd Berry's Boy (6g Love You-Realy Furniture-Incredible Crafts), Pierre Vercruysse driving for trainer Jan-F Van Dooyeweerd (Holland) by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com

Acknowledged master of younger horse training Philippe Allaire will present unbeaten colt Boccador de Simm for both his first group race and first race under saddle in the 120,000 euro group two Prix Edouard Marcillac one of the two feature events on Thursday's Vincennes card. The first group two for B-generation colts under saddle has drawn a field of ten for the 2175m event, headed by Allaire's son of Rieussec, a richly-bred Goetmals Wood stallion who was second in the Criterium des 4 Ans, and from the immediate family of Criterium winners Jam Pridem and Carpe Diem. Boccador de Simm will be ridden by Yoann Lebourgeois and is one of only two colts making their monte debuts, and none of the field has before graced a group race, with most being specifically bred for under saddle racing. Matthieu Abrivard will be aboard the impressive Nicolas Raimbeaux trained Baggio du Chatelet who easily accounted for rising filly monte star Bomba when they met in Vincennes in the Prix de Cholet on January 28. The son of Niky has won both his starts under saddle, vastly improving on his record in the bike which stands at nine starts for one second and a fourth. His dam is by a Prix de Cornulier winner Gobernador from the immediate family of champion monte sire Chef du Chatelet. Thierry Duvaldestin lines up Best des Jacquets who was third in the Prix Cholet, his second start under saddle. His monte debut was a winning one for the son of Coktail Jet who hails from the family of Gros Grain who is the sire of Vipsie Griff, a current multiple group winning monte winner and a runner up in the Group one Prix des Elites. An interesting runner for breeding buffs is Beguin Madrik a son of monte star Paddy du Boison from the powerful Franck Anne stable. Paddy du Boisson won the group one montes the Prix de la Republique and the Prix des Centaures and is one of the last descendants of the famed Phaeton bloodline, which is unique to France. This line, which is distinct to that of the more famous Fuschia (Godolphin Arabian) line descends from a Darley Arabian line which goes through the important thoroughbred stallions Heir of Linne, the famous Eclipse and beyond that to Bartlet's Childers, who brother Flying Childers is the progenitor of the Hambletonian line. It is hanging by a thread in France, but has so for more than forty years, always seeming to produce one more son to carry it on. Jean Michel Baudouin's Best of Jets, a winner under saddle and Pierre Yves Verva's Beautiful Dussac, who has won his only start, also under saddle, are two others to have garnered early support. PRIX EDOUARD MARCILLAC Vincennes 13/02/14 FR Group II monte 2175m 3M 120 000e 1 Bilboy d'Occagnes (h Islero de Bellouet - Ode Pierre) Jy: Mathieu Mottier Tr: David Desclos 2 Brutus la Mesange (h Lilium Madrik - Infante du Buisson) Jy: David Thomain Tr: Gaetan Ligeron 3 Beautiful Dussac (h And Arifant - Olympe de Dussac) Jy: Pierre Yves Verva Tr: Pierre Yves Verva 4 Bazaki Seven (h Kesaco Phedo - Rani Duophi) Jy: Francois Lagadeuc Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 5 Brooklyn Bridge (h Quatre Juillet - Mysterious Valley) Jy: Franck Nivard Tr: Franck Leblanc 6 Beguin Madrik (h Paddy du Buisson - Quatia Madrik) Jy: Antoine Lherete Tr: Franck Anne 7 Best des Jacquets (h Coktail Jet - Kodessa) Jy: Antoine Wiels Tr: Thierry Duvaldestin 8 Best of Jets (h Magnificent Rodney - Plume Jets) Jy: Eric Raffin Tr: Jean Michel Baudouin 9 Boccador de Simm (h Rieussec - Poupee Charmeuse) Jy: Yoann Lebourgeois Tr: Philippe Allaire 10 Baggio du Chatelet (h Niky - Paola du Chatelet) Jy: Matthieu Abrivard Tr: Nicolas Raimbeaux by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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